Jim Acosta Open Visions Forum

Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts to Host CNN’s Jim Acosta for a Virtual Lecture, October 6

In affiliation with the College of Arts and Sciences, Jim Acosta will appear on The Quick Live to discuss his bestselling book, The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth, highlighting his exploits as a news reporter for CNN.

Media Contact: Robby Piazzaroli, rpiazzaroli@fairfield.edu, 203-254-4000 x2597

At 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, Fairfield University’s Quick Center for the Arts will host an Open VISIONS Forum (OVF) lecture, titled The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth,” led by Jim Acosta, CNN’s chief domestic correspondent and weekend programming anchor. At a time when politics has become increasingly polarized, Acosta will speak about his experience as CNN’s chief White House correspondent during the controversial presidency of Donald J. Trump.  

Before his work at the White House, Acosta was a part of CNN’s 2012 election coverage, primarily as the lead correspondent in Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. Acosta went on to cover the White House during the Obama and Trump administrations. He was one of the most visible reporters to frequently spar with former President Trump, and received a “Truth to Power” award from the New York Press Club for his reporting.

Matt Tullis, MFA, assistant professor of English and director of the Digital Journalism program at Fairfield noted, “It’s exciting to have a journalist of the caliber of Jim Acosta speaking with our community. For our digital journalism students, it’s an opportunity to hear from a reporter who has worked to hold the most powerful people in the country accountable, and that is a valuable lesson.”

Jim Acosta’s media career began in radio, where he worked as an anchor at various stations prior to making his transition to television. In his early TV work as a correspondent for CBS Newspath from 2001 to 2003, he covered the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the D.C. sniper attacks, and other significant events before moving to the CBS Evening News; he has been at CNN since 2007.

Acosta’s debut book, The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America, became a New York Times bestseller upon its 2019 release. Detailing his unique and challenging experience as a White House reporter, the book exposes what it’s like to be known as a sitting president’s “most hated correspondent,” and details Acosta’s uncompromising efforts to preserve the First Amendment and #RealNews. 

This OVF lecture, “The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth,” with Jim Acosta will take place in virtual format on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10-$20 and available at Quickcenter.com. This and several upcoming premiere events on The Quick Live are free for Quick Center Members. To become a Quick Center Member today, visit quickcenter.com. or call the box office at 203-254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.

Posted On: September 24, 2021

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